What is a Surface event without Panos Panay? Microsoft answered the existential question at a NYC Windows event today. After longtime division head Panay’s abrupt departure earlier this week, CEO Satya Nadella took the stage and unleashed the big guns. Hardware—specifically the Surface Laptop Go 3 and Studio 2—was the highlight today.
15 months after the Laptop Go 2 debuted with a fingerprint reader, its successor had new internals. The system has a 12th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics. Microsoft says it performs 88% faster than the original Surface Laptop Go, released in 2020.
As the name implies, portability is key. Good for a 12.4-inch machine, it weighs less than 2.5 pounds. Naturally, it’s a touchscreen like the rest of the line. Two Studio mics and Dolby Atmos speakers are included. Microsoft promises 15 hours of battery life.
New Laptop Studio is 14.4 inches. It uses 13th-gen Intel Core H-class processors. The system has optional Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050, 4060, or 2000 graphics. Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB-A port, and a microSD card reader reflect the Surface line’s creative pro focus. It appears to be a solid, well-rounded system.
Both systems are available for preorder and ship October 3. Laptop Go 3 costs $799 and Laptop Studio 2 $1,999.
This comes after Panay reportedly left the division over budget cuts and cancellations of more experimental Surface devices.